The LoHud Yankees Blog

A New York Yankees blog by Chad Jennings and the staff of The Journal News


Five questions with David Winfree

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 25, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’d like to make this a daily thing — or at least an almost daily thing — using a quick question and answer session to get to know some of the new guys in camp. We’ll start with David Winfree.

Winfree signed as a minor league free agent and is likely to open the season in Shelley Duncan’s role as a corner outfielder and middle-of-the-order run producer for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is 24 years old and hit 14 home runs last year in his first Triple-A season. He also hit 31 doubles, seventh most in the International League.

winfree

Could you tell me a little bit about your background?
Winfree: I’m from Virginia Beach, Virgina. I was drafted in 2003 by the Minnesota Twins and was with them for six years. Good years. Then was a free agent this year and decided to come here.

You’re pretty young for a guy who has already reached free agency. How was the free agent experience?
Winfree: It was a nice place to be. I signed when I was 17, and most guys that are free agents are older guys, so it was definitely a good position to be in. If you had good year and you were a young guy, there were some opportunities out there and this is the one that I felt was the best. And obviously, it’s an honor and a privilege to play for the Yankees, the best organization that there is in baseball.

Did you see some outfield opportunities with the Yankees?
Winfree: Yeah. I had played against the Yankees moving up and I knew Colin (Curtis) was basically the only (outfielder) they had that I knew was in Scranton. I don’t think they have a lot of right-handed power guys, and that’s what they told me, and it was just an opportunity that I felt was a good situation for me. I’m just looking for somewhere to get to the next level.

It looks like power is your game. Is that a fair assessment?
Winfree: Yeah. Last year I had a decent year, but I would say I need to work on some things. I need to walk more, and the year before last I walked a good amount. Last year, I was just a little over aggressive in the first couple of months. But power is my game, and that’s something I need to learn, and that’s what I’m going to bring to the table and will get me to where I need to be. I’m looking forward to this year, and just putting together a year when I know I have a lot to improve on. Last year, I know personally I had a good year, but I’m just scratching the surface of what I could have had last year, and I’m just trying to improve every day.

What sort of things are you working on right now?
Winfree: Just consistency. I think, at this point, if you’re at the level that we’re at, you have the physical talent. It’s just now: consistency, the mental side, approach. I was actually out there working with Butch Wynegar, just talking to him about some things. These guys here, every day, no matter how the day ends up, they never waiver. They know what they need to do to get prepared and how their approach works and that’s why they’re here. They’re the best in the game.

Comments

comments

 

Advertisement

112 Responses to “Five questions with David Winfree”

  1. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    IMO, Granderson’s speed would be very valuable in front of Cano.

    1. Cano hit the 3rd most doubles in ALL of baseball last year. With Granderson being able to score from 1st on a double, that would be very beneficial.

    2. You can do a lot of hit and runs because of Cano’s contact rate.

  2. trisha - OPPC member who sees, hears, and knows all. 28 is on its way!!!!! February 25th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hey lgy! Just popping in to say hi. I’m watching the Olympics. I do check the lead-ins and when I saw this one I was thinking – he spelled Winfield’s name wrong!!!!!

    DUH!

    :)

    See ya later.

  3. Rishi February 25th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Liking this series. It’s great to hear from the lesser known players!

  4. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 25th, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Good idea, Chad! Winfree seems like a good kid – hopefully he’ll help us down the line.

  5. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Interesting podcast from Buster..his Yankees info comes after the Braves stuff.

    http://espn.go.com/espnradio/p.....=ESPNRADIO

  6. Phil the Thrill February 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Cano behind Granderson or vice versa could create a lot of quick runs.

  7. Bronx Jeers February 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    He reminds me a little of Tanyon Sturtze in that photo.

  8. RalphieD (OPPC) February 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    can we do one with montero :)

  9. Tom in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    He needs to learn how to take a walk-.318 career OBP.

  10. Tom in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    You know life is good in Yankee land when this is the topic of the day:

    Who do you bat 2nd, the player who ended last year with the .426 OBP, or the all star CF’er who hit 30 home runs.

  11. Bronx Jeers February 25th, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Bronx,

    One isolated example does not prove something across the board.

    ————————————-

    And just because you read something in “Baseball By The Numbers” or wherever you got that doesn’t mean it’s true.

  12. Leah February 25th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Winfree’s a nice choice to lead-off this ‘series’.

    I’m from Connecticut and I’ve been to a few New Britain Rock Cats (Minnesota’s AA affiliate) games when Winfree played for them. He was playing first at the time and I remember thinking that he seemed to be an Eric Duncan-type player with a little more potential.

  13. Rich in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    lgy

    Who do you want to PH for Granderson against Okajima if not Thames?

  14. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Phil the Thrill
    February 25th, 2010 at 8:40 pm
    Cano behind Granderson or vice versa could create a lot of quick runs.

    ————————————————————

    So would Granderson hitting behind Jeter.

  15. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    How many doubles did Texeria have last season ????

  16. Rich in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    We have to see which Granderson we’re getting.

  17. pat February 25th, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Great idea Chad. It’s fun to hear from some of the lesser known/newer players.

    Rumor has it you were the kingpin today. Congrats!

  18. Rich in NJ February 25th, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    “How many doubles did Texeria have last season ????”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/.....yerId=4937

  19. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Rich,

    I was just kidding because of what Pat said about having to pinch run for Granderson and being stuck with a below average player for the rest of the game.

  20. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    pinch run for *NJ*

  21. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Bronx,

    That is correct. It does not mean it is absolutely true. It is simply supportive evidence.

  22. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Maybe a small piece on a couple of the kids in camp each day could be done. Montero, by the way, is a great interview, with an excellent command of the English language.

  23. stuckey February 25th, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    “and what’s the deal with battling the catcher? walking around the mound?”

    Over-thinking.

    “now people are going to say, “well, what do you expect? he only had 88 innings in the minors!” Then if he wants to be a starter, then go down to the minors and do whatever would’ve gotten done in those missing innings.”

    You make it sound like somehow it’s his choice :-)

    I can’t argue a thing you said about how he looked in 2009, but i suspect if it weren’t for a couple of electric months in 2007, we’d all be talking about Joba Chamberlain in the sames terms we talk about a LOT of young starters – sometimes for years – when’s he going to put it all together? Will this be his break out year?

    But for Chamberlain, it’s he doesn’t get time to struggle (and put in perspective, he didn’t struggle THAT much. The expectations are just sky high).

    Maybe the difference between Chamberlain and Greinke (who rocked a 5.80 ERA in 33 starts his 2nd full year) is the fact that the Royals didn’t happen to let him pitch a handful of innings as a short reliever his first year?

  24. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Sorry, Chad. I suppose that I should read your posts a little more closely. My apologies. My dog ate my homework.

    Ooops. Wrong excuse.

  25. Doreen February 25th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Chad, I like this idea very much. :)

  26. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Texeria hit 43 doubles, that can plate many runs and it must have with Jeter & Damon on base ….

  27. hardwired February 25th, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    random thought that occurred while digging out today:

    Derek Jeter has moved into my All-Time Top 5 Yankees. my list:

    1. Babe Ruth

    2. Lou Gehrig

    3. Mickey Mantle

    4. Joe DiMaggio

    5. Derek Jeter

    he nudges out Whitey Ford (w/Yogi 7th).

  28. Carl February 25th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    hardwired

    Yogi behind Whitey? Jeter ahead of Yogi? yuck.

  29. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    In the quick question and answer interviews, Chad’s questions seem to be a bit more brief than Winfree’s answers. a chatty little fellow, huh? Great interview, Chad.

    Any thoughts to doing any of these live with us more intelligent posters asking a question?

  30. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Trying to rank players would better off with Ruth as #1 and the others tied for 2nd spot.

  31. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    You could build a team of 25 Yankees and still have to leave off HOFers or near HOFers at some positions.

  32. Phil the Thrill February 25th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    OBP Jesus should hit behind Jeter. Less chance of an out.

  33. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Pat,

    But it is about maximizing every spot in the order and every particular player’s strengths.

    NJ in the 2nd hole maximizes both his best strength (OBP) and Tex’s as well (HR). Granderson’s strengths are not maximized in the 2 hole and Tex’s are lessened with Granderson in front of him.

    Granderson in front of Cano for example could maximize both their strengths.

  34. blake February 25th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Granderson in front of Cano is lefty/lefty which the Yankees have avoided in the past due to the fact it leaves you vulnerable to lefty specialists late in games.

  35. Dave F February 25th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Very nice Ken Burns special playing now on MLB TV.

  36. Jerkface February 25th, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Lets go Yankess…First of, extract the homerun factor, as that’s not a solid approach to designing your offense …See Torre’s mid 2000 club……However, if there was a way of extrapulating the numbers, how many times did Jeter & Damon score from first on a double as compared to Texeria & Posada scoring from 1st on doubles….The % will be alarming….You just don’t place a slow stick in the 2 hole. especially when the 3 hitter is equally as slow….It’ll kill you late in the game…..Speed is vital to a club’s offense at the top of the order….Getting Johnson in scoring position is always going to require a hit…..

    I am going to answer this bit from before because taking an extra base is recorded at baseball-reference.

    Granderson takes an extra base or scores 48% of the time.
    Nick Johnson takes an extra base or scores 42% of the time.
    Posada takes an extra base or scores 31% of the time.
    Mark Teixeira 39% of the time.
    Jeter 47%
    Damon 49%
    A-rod 49% (very smart base runner)
    Matsui 43% (matsui is also very smart, I imagine he knows when to turn it up a notch)
    Cano 44%
    Winn 47%
    Gardner 48%

    This is just counting every possible scenario, 1st to 3rd, 1st to home, 2nd to home, etc.

    For specific for doubles standing on first, % of scoring:

    Granderson scores from 1st on a 2B: 60%
    Nick Johnson: 33%
    Posada: 27%
    Teixeira: 37%
    Jeter: 52%
    Damon: 52%
    A-rod: 44%
    Matsui: 33%
    Cano: 42%

    Granderson is obviously the fastest runner not named Brett Gardner, or maybe just the best mix of smarts and speeds when a guy hits a double.

    So we might be able to say that for half the doubles hit with Nick Johnson on base instead of Granderson, NJ will end up at third instead of scoring.

    Then the coaching staff will have to weigh this: Is it better to score twice as much from first base on doubles, or have more opportunities to score by having NJ on base?

    The overall base running is close enough that we can say NJ w ill be able to go 1st to 3rd on certain hits, and score from 2nd on certain hits.

    In the end I think having NJ on base more will make up for it.

  37. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    blake
    February 25th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Granderson in front of Cano is lefty/lefty which the Yankees have avoided in the past due to the fact it leaves you vulnerable to lefty specialists late in games.

    ————————–

    That is one of the best advantages of Cano. He handles lefties very well. In fact over the past 3 years he actually hits LHP better than RHP

    2007-2009:

    LHP: 310 .352 .496 .848

    RHP: .295 .330 .464 .794

  38. CB February 25th, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Pat M.,

    Any chance you’re headed up to Westwood tomorrow to watch some baseball?

    The Friday game is UCLA vs. Vanderbilt. The starting pitchers match up is a fantastic one – Gerrit Cole vs. Sonny Gray.

    That is going to be a great game. Lots of zeros likely on the score board at Jackie Robinson Stadium (what an odd park that is…)

  39. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Jerkface, Outstanding job…..

  40. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    CB, I’ll be there in fact….Ah, Gerrit Cole, the one that got away…..Ouch

  41. Jerkface February 25th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    >>>>>> Johnson will have more whiffs than walks…..

    Disagree. Nick Johnson has walked more than he has struck out for the past 3 seasons he has played. He is on a much better team. He will walk more than he will strike out.

    Granderson will strike out twice as much as he will walk and like 6x as much as he will steal a base.

    Granderson is a much bigger threat to strike out than Nick Johnson, which is another reason I would consider NJ in the 2 hole. He knows how to take a lefty the other way and use the whole field, I’d feel more comfortable going to Nick to get on base or move a runner over.

    Granderson is going to be on the team for splash plays, NJ for consistent offense. Bat granderson 5,6, or 7 to take advantage.

  42. CB February 25th, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Pat,

    I thought you might be headed up there. Give us a report when you get back. Cole and Gray – that a great matchup.

    Cole… what can you say. It hasn’t been fun watching him in college. Huge arm.

    Cole and Montero in the system together would have been something else. Probably the top pitcher-hitter combo in all of baseball.

    But it wasn’t meant to be.

    Cole has a real chance to go #1 next year now that Bryce Harper is going to be draft eligible this year.

  43. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    CB, As you can see I’m still trying to sell Curtis in the 2 hole…..Love speed at the top of the order…Or maybe I’m partial because that’s where Cox batted me in the old days…..Very little dp’s with Curtis…..If he shows that he can hit .250 from the left side in spring, Giradi really has to consider him in that spot…….Cole, I’m told has grown up since his HS days at Lutheran, so he could be ready come June…Upstairs wise that is…..

  44. Jerkface February 25th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    If Curtis hits .250 vs lefties the Yankees are going to win the world series. I prefer NJ in the 2 spot but I would be fine with NJ in the 2 vs lefties and Granderson in the 2 vs righties. And even if Girardi goes with Granderson in the 2 all the time I wouldn’t be terribly upset.

  45. Nick in SF in Berkeley February 25th, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Pat M, I hope you’re on the Cal train… I am at the game, Cal let the Cats sneak back in it, but still a 12 point lead… Steve Lavin is at the mic for espn… Looks slick as always…

  46. scooter10 February 25th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Great, I like the Q&A series. I also like the idea of keeping the 25th roster position open for a lesser-known player. It’s nice to see a surprise player who gets on a hot streak. I recall the runs that Shane Spencer and Kevin Maas had in the 90′s.

  47. CB February 25th, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Pat,

    As you know, Damon was really a very complete 2 hole hitter. Whoever the yankees put in that spot isn’t going to bring the well rounded package of getting on base, speed and power that Damon did last year.

    So this is an area where there is no ideal solution for the team. There are some trade offs to be made. Which is fine as no team is perfect.

    You’re right – Johnson is painfully slow. He’s going to hit into DP. There are going to be times when he doesn’t go firs to third.

    But that said – there is no ideal solution – just trade offs. Granderson also has some real negatives hitting second.

    Here how I look at it.

    The easiest runs any team gets are ones scored via men on base when a home run is hit.

    One thing any team should do with its line up construction is really try to avoid having their big guns hitting solo jacks. Solo home runs are always welcome – but multi-run homers are back breakers. They really are game changers. And the guy at the plate – no matter how great he is – has very little control over whether or not there is a man on base when he goes deep.

    Here the thing about Alex and Tex. Both of them draw a lot of walks (especially Tex). As such, while both hit for a very good batting average – neither one actually gets that many hits.

    Alex has had 3 seasons in his entire career with over 200 hits. That’s it.

    Tex has never had 200 hits in a season. Never. In fact he’s only had more than 180 hits once in his whole career. He just walks too much to get a ton of hits.

    Next year I think Alex and Tex will have around 360 hits. Around there.

    And of those 360, around 80 are going to be home runs. In other words, 21% of all hits the yankees get out of the 3-4 slots will be long balls. That’s amazing.

    And if the offense is going to work, you need to maximize the number of runners on base when they go deep. If you don’t you are literally giving up free runs.

    Tex and Alex also hit a ton of very long doubles. Even if the guy on first is slow, he’ll score on some of those doubles. Not as many as a fast runner would. But if the slow guy gets on base enough he can make up some of that gap. If the fast guy doesn’t get on base his speed isn’t much good.

    And getting on base is what Johnson does very well when he’s healthy. It’s not that Granderson is bad at getting on base – but it’s not his best tool.

    Yes there are going to be times when Johnson doesn’t take that extra base – but I think you have to live with that because he’s going to be on base all the time if he’s healthy. And he’ll score a lot of free runs just on Alex and Tex’s long balls.

    You just don’t need to run very fast if the ball is in the seats. And it’s going to be in the seats a lot behind the yankees 2 hole hitter with Tex, Alex, and Posada/Granderson as the next three hitters.

    And that’s going to mean a lot of “free” runs for the team.

    Johnson in the two slot has real limits – it’s not ideal, but I think it’s probably the best option.

  48. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 25th, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    CB, I love that explanation…….. Also, Damon was not guaranteed to duplicate his performance from 2009 in 2010, not by any means, so we should consider that. My brother lives in Florida and says that NJ was fine in terms of scoring from 2nd or going 1st to 3rd. I just don’t see him as a negative – the guy is going to be on base all the time

    One reason I hate Granderson in the 2nd spot is that I feel it’s a waste of his power. Let him come up with runners on and he’ll drive them home.

  49. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 25th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I can’t remember the last time I’ve been so relaxed about a baseball season…there’s just a good vibe about this team

  50. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    CB, as always you lay it out there very clean….I wonder if Alex & Texeria will hit more doubles or more home runs…….Nick in SF, I’m on the Cal-Berkley Bears and they are making their run to the Sweet 16….Lavin is smooth, but a lousy coach

  51. CB February 25th, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    One other thing about Johnson hitting second –

    Jeter hits a lot of singles. A lot.

    Last year Jeter had 166 singles. He also drew 72 walks. So out of his 716 plate appearances Jeter reached first base after his at bat 33% of the time.

    There are going to be many times where Johnson – as slow as he is – will be able to facilitate Tex and Alex driving in runs by pushing Jeter to second and put him in scoring position.

    If Johnson stays healthy, Jeter will be on second base all the time when Tex and Alex get up.

  52. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Nick, not thrilled with the uni’s though ….

  53. Phil the Thrill February 25th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    Johnson isn’t painfully slow. He’s actually a little faster than he looks. Also, he doesn’t hit into a lot of DP’s. Granted he won’t always take the extra base, but he’s not Posada or something.

  54. GeorgeInJax February 25th, 2010 at 10:37 pm

    I still don’t understand the logic of the Tigers, dealing away Granderson & then signing Damon for $8M. I think we have the good end of the deal. I like what JD did with his time in pinstripes, but all of his 24 HR last year were to the short porch. I doubt he’ll hit over 15 this year and be a liability in the outfield with his weak arm. I believe Granderson is going to be a great Yankee & the hitting lefties thing will get resolved. Having a stronger lineup around him will help immediately. What were the Tigers thinking?

  55. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Phil The Thrill, You must have a high tolerance for pain

  56. GeorgeInJax February 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I like the idea of Granderson in the #2 spot.

    Even though NJ has such a good OBP, I don’t like 2 slow runners back to back, as Tex isn’t the most swift of foot.

    Hitting in front of Tex he’ll see some nice pitches.

  57. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Speaking of Jeter hitting a lot of singles

    If NJ gets his power back which hopefully comes back now that his wrist is fully healed, he is going to hit a lot of doubles.

    Last year he had 24 doubles but he also only had 8 HR.

    In 2006, he had 46 doubles and 23 HR
    In 2005, he had 35 doubles and 15 HR

    If he gets that power back Jeter is going to be scoring from first a lot.

  58. CB February 25th, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    “.I wonder if Alex & Texeria will hit more doubles or more home runs…….”

    That’s a good question. It’s going to be close. Alex actually hasn’t been a huge doubles hitter over his career. Around 30-35. After he developed his power stroke his doubles went down some. When he squares one up, good chance it’s over the fence.

    If I had to wager I think they’ll hit more home runs. I’d guess 75-80 HR and 70-75 doubles.

  59. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    One thing about the Yankees and solo homers….they are going to hit a lot of the, probably a ton of back to backers. There’s 8 guys with a crack at 20+ homers each and possibly 4-5 with 30 and 2 of those at 40+. That’s a ton of fire power, assuming all stay pretty healthy.

  60. CB February 25th, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Phil,

    NJ is slow. He really is. Ok – he’s not Posada, but that’s not saying too much. That scoring from first on a double data Jerkface cited before isn’t real encouraging.

    Perhaps my impression of him has been disproportionately colored by the past few years. He was never fleet of foot and after he broke his femur he didn’t appear to run the same. Maybe that’s going to keep getting batter – but he hasn’t run that well that past two years – 2008 especially. He looked better last year – but still not great.

  61. lets go yankees February 25th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    CB,

    How would you feel about Cano hitting behind Granderson?

  62. GeorgeInJax February 25th, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    We have such a strong lineup it really doesn’t matter much how they work out the lineup, there will be a lot of runs scored. But here is my take:

    Jeter
    NJ
    Tex
    Alex
    Granderson
    Posada
    Cano
    Swisher
    Gardner

    This lineup makes sense too as the lefties are not back to back. Cano is in between 2 switch hitters.

  63. CB February 25th, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    “How would you feel about Cano hitting behind Granderson?”

    I’m not that keen on the idea. One of the nice parts of the yankees line up last year was how it forced managers to have to make tactical decisions on when to use their lefty relievers.

    I’d rather have a RH hitter or a switch hitter hitting behind Granderson.

    In a certain way it would be nice to sandwich Granderson between two RH and/or switch hitters.

    The reason why I say that is that I think Granderson is going to wind up seeing a lot of left handed pitching late in games. I would try to arrange the line up such that the other manager faces a more complicated decision on when to utilize his lefty arms.

    But I’d have to think a bit on whether that’s viable to do.

  64. Bronx Jeers February 25th, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    I was trying to see a trend in Girardi’s thinking regarding the 2 spot. I recalled seeing Swish there a lot when Johnny wasn’t playing.

    Swish batted 2nd 20 times.

    Next highest was Gardner with 18 times.

    Gardner’s numbers were real good batting 2nd

    .353/.421/.824

    And Swish not nearly as good.

    .250/.356/.474

    Small sample but odd results.

  65. jake February 25th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Gardner hits lefties just fine. Cano hits lefties just fine. Nick Johnson, too. Curtis Granderson was terrible against lefties in 2009, but was OK in 2008. Bored journalists are just trying to fill up space with garbage about how the Yanks are going to have problems against lefties. Gardner had a MUCH higher .OBP and .BA against lefties than against righties in 2009. Thames kills lefties. This is not an issue. Pitching is the only question, as usual.

  66. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    NYY has a pretty flexible line-up. They have a lot of hitters that can hit an any of 2-7 spots (hit power) and some with speed. Jeter, Granderson, Rodriguez and Gardner aren’t just base stealers….they do it at a high percentage plus the extra base power.

  67. CB February 25th, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    One of the issues with hitting Granderson behind Alex, is that late in games you might wind up taking the bat out of Alex’s hand because they’ll walk him if there’s an open base and bring in a lefty to pitch to granderson.

    If Cano could hit 5th and Granderson 7nth that would probably be their most balanced line up. But that’s just in theory. Cano issues with hitting with men on base may make that a tough sell.

  68. GeorgeInJax February 25th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I actually like that idea of Cano 5th CG 7th. Idon’t think that will be an issue for Robbie this year.

  69. m February 25th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    GB7,

    Not your fault. I was as shocked as you that “Virgina” got through the filter. :shock:

  70. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    I still believe that with a couple of big bats on both sides of Cano, there will be a lot less pressure/stress on him to perform, which should make it easier. He won’t have a Swisher/Cabrera or Cabrera/Molina-Gardner behind him.

  71. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    This is the year Cono breaks out, he hits 5th, with a purpose

  72. GreenBeret7 February 25th, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    m
    February 25th, 2010 at 11:16 pm
    GB7,

    Not your fault. I was as shocked as you that “Virgina” got through the filter.

    ————————————————————

    Yes. I’ve been practicing my spelling. Now, when I get to words that could be a disaster, I don’t sweat bullets.

    I GOT GUTS.

  73. CB February 25th, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Hopefully Robbie does snap out of it and has the really huge year he’s clearly capable of.

    If he does this line up settles out very quickly and becomes near impossible to deal with.

  74. MTU February 25th, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    GB-

    “Montero, by the way, is a great interview, with an excellent command of the English language.”

    And the Strike Zone !!!! :)

  75. Pat M. February 25th, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Who’s Cono ??? GB was that you….

  76. MTU February 25th, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    My 2 cents:

    Jeter
    NJ
    Tex
    A-Rod
    Posada
    Grandy
    Swish
    Cano
    Gardener/Winn

    I want Po protecting A-Rod.

    The lineup can be adjusted for L/R pitchers.

  77. lets go yankees February 26th, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Since Tex and A-Rod are going to be driving in so many runs and since as CB said 21% of their hits are going to clear the bases wouldn’t Cano be hitting often with the bases empty in the 5 slot?

    Also as CB mentioned, A-Rod is not a huge doubles hitters, so most of the time he would be getting on base in front of Cano he would be standing on 1st and not in scoring position.

    Cano in his career with a man standing on first hits:
    .314 .343. .464 .807

  78. rodg12 February 26th, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Some great discussion on the line-up here. I’m sad I missed out on it. Great job by Jerkface getting those stats. Very interesting and informative to look at. Also great job by CB breaking things down. Personally, I lean pretty strongly toward NJ in the two hole. I just think his great OBP skills outweigh any speed deficiencies he might bring to the spot.

  79. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Both Mark & Alex are goinf to score close to 100 runs each….So that means aside from the dingers, they’ll be scoring at least 85% of the time the old fashion way, by running the bases and earning them when you consider base on balls…It’s a guess % by the way

  80. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 12:26 am

    You have to admit, scoring 60 % from 1st on a doulbe is impressive when one considers that between Tex, Alex & Cano they’ll be hitting 120 doubles…

  81. lets go yankees February 26th, 2010 at 12:32 am

    Pat,

    Last year Tex scored 103 runs. 39 of those came from his own HRs (38%) and I am not sure how to look up how many of those runs came on other people’s HRs

  82. lets go yankees February 26th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    8 of A-Rod’s HRs last year scored Tex

  83. lets go yankees February 26th, 2010 at 12:38 am

    4 of Matsui’s scored Tex, 2 from Posada, 1 from Cano, 1 from Swish.

    So of the 103 runs Tex scored last year, 55 came on the long ball or 53%.

  84. m February 26th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I wrote something earlier (forgot what it was), and someone (gb7?) wrote back hinting at the possibility of platooning Granderson.

    He’d have to be a complete basket case for that to happen. So, I don’t think that’ll come to pass. He’s an everyday player, and they traded for him knowing that he didn’t hit lefties well.

    They may let him rest against pitchers who give a particularly hard time, but I can’t see anything near a straight platoon.

  85. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Let’s go Yanks, Those are very impressive figures….I think I lost my way somehow as to what I was trying illustrate…..2 percocets clears the pain, but messes with my head……Truth is I don’t know what it was I wanted to convey…..Time to regroup Lets go Yanks ????

  86. Jim February 26th, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Chad, interview Jose Gil next!

  87. lets go yankees February 26th, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Maybe it is time for bed Pat, haha

  88. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I have aged a year in the past 48 hours……

  89. mr jack February 26th, 2010 at 1:32 am

    I think Alex will have a big year again, just as long as they don’t institute new HGH test. Let’s face it, ARod and Andy are admitted cheats and this organization embarrassed us with those tainted World Series in the past. I’m sure Mo uses it too. Guy doesn’t age. So c’mon Alex, BUY THE GOOD STUFF! lol.

  90. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 1:38 am

    mr. jack….I get stupid after munching on some medical brownies, what’s your excuse ????

  91. Nick in SF February 26th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    :roll:

  92. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 1:55 am

    Nick in SF, not certain how to interpet your smiley dude…..Cal Berkley Bears do have top 10 talent and are now showing it…..

  93. Nick in SF February 26th, 2010 at 1:59 am

    The dude is rolling his eyes at the lame post that appears just above yours… very nice win by the Golden Bears, one more and they clinch their first conference title in 50 years. Then watch them lose in the Pac-10 tourney to Oregon State or some such bottom feeder…

    Where Cal is seeded and how far they can go in the tourney will be a very interesting question to me… they can shoot their way into the second weekend or they could get boat-raced out by an athletic team… anyway it was a lot of fun to be in the building this evening.

  94. m February 26th, 2010 at 2:00 am

    I thought it was the special brownie emoticon!

  95. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Nick in SF….The Bears are just hitting their stride….They just need to keep winning and get a # 4 seed in the West…..

  96. Nick in SF February 26th, 2010 at 2:12 am

    :formedicinalpurposesonly:

  97. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 2:24 am

    You have to love California Nick in SF…..UCLA working hard to get to .500 and get a top 2-3 seed for the Staples tourney….

  98. Pat M. February 26th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Nick in SF…..I’m looking for a line for tomoroow US hockey game,,,,I’m gettingh shut out suddenly

  99. Nick in SF February 26th, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Pat M, if you’re still up, I’m looking at Pinny and the line is -168 for the US to advance, Finland +152.

  100. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 26th, 2010 at 8:07 am

    Well, thanks to the snow, I’m off from work today. LOL I guess I should be happy, but I know that means I’ll only have more work on Monday. Oh well………how I hate snow,, lol

  101. MTU February 26th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Betsy-

    How much snow is expected ?

  102. upstate kate February 26th, 2010 at 8:16 am

    ah Betsy you guys are soft! we have had 6-8 inches every day this week (except Mon) and they didn’t even cancel school…not even once

  103. Betsy - Romine wasn't built in a day February 26th, 2010 at 8:20 am

    MTU, around my neck of the woods, between 7-12; I can’t believe the # of big storms we’ve had this winter…..

    Kate, where in upstate NY do you live? Wait – you’ve had 6-8 inches every DAY?

    One good thing about today: Joba and Phil throw live BP! According to Feinsand, hitters generally take most of the pitches they see, so I’m not sure we’ll learn anything, but it’s exciting (still trying to remember that Phil is going to throw his change a lot, even if he gets hit, so I need to lower my expectations)

  104. upstate kate February 26th, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Betsy
    Potsdam, about as far north as you can go and not be in Canada. We have been lucky to escape from the major snow storms that you guys got this year, but I am sick of snow.

    Don’t worry about Phil, he will be fine :)

  105. blake February 26th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Id like for them to give Cano a shot at hitting 5th because I think if he can grow into that role and improve with RISP it makes their lineup the best it can be. Cano hits righties and lefties well and he could provide real protection for Arod.

    I also thought it was interesting that Larkin assumed that Winn would be the Yankees LFer this year on Hot Stove last night.

  106. Erica - always OPPC February 26th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Working from home!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!

  107. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 26th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hey Betsy,

    Glad you got a snow day! We have about a foot on the ground with more to come. I went out to see if I could find my car and I did see it buried in.

  108. Fran (the original) and OPPC member February 26th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    Working from home!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!!!

    Erica,

    I bet you didn’t even have to make any excuses to your boss.

  109. Erica - always OPPC February 26th, 2010 at 8:30 am

    new thread :arrow:

  110. Joe from Long Island February 26th, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Kate, there’s are reasons why I don’t live upstate, and the snowfall totals is one of them :)

    On the side steps of my house, I just measured 8″. Roads crews have barely been out in my neighborhood. And the roads in Mineola, where I work in central Nassau County, are always poorly plowed. Forget the side streets there. Guess I’m not heading in today.

  111. jrM- February 26th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    HA. Mr jack is one dumb animal

  112. Greg February 26th, 2010 at 10:05 am

    “They never waiver.”

    Mis-transcribed like a true baseball writer!

Leave a comment below


Sponsored by:
 

Search

    Advertisement

    Follow

    Mobile

    Read The LoHud Yankees Blog on the go by navigating to the blog on your smartphone or mobile device's browser. No apps or downloads are required.

Advertisement

Place an ad

Call (914) 694-3581